Originally Posted by Mike395
What I'm saying is that Steam is easy to get into if you're already a PC gamer. Even if I've never used it before, if I see a game I've been eyeing that costs $2.50, I can say "huh, that's a good deal," download the client for free, get my game and then I can choose whether or not to continue using the service. It's not a miracle program, it's just a pretty decent source for getting PC games.
I've payed for game systems and games that I own, that I play on my own terms. My NES cartridges are my own. If I want to pop it in and play right now, I can. If I choose to sell it to a friend tomorrow, I can. This is a console that's well over 20 years old, and it and its games are still in my possession. The same goes for every console I've owned up until now. The only thing that's changed is that in some of the online multiplayer games, the servers have been shut down, but the console and games still work as long as they're in working condition, and they're mine to do as I please.
Now, I'll use a restrictive service like Steam if it has a really nice sale and its convenient (how can I complain about not really owning my game when I got the client for free and bought it for the price of a rental?), and I'll probably never stop playing consoles. But the question is, is it really
worth it to buy into a restrictive service that carries all the negative features of a console in addition to all the negative features of a service like Steam? Especially when alternative consoles exist that have kept the benefits of being a console intact? I realize that there are some who like what Microsoft is doing, but the overwhelming negative response seems to imply that there's a lot of people who don't like the forced restrictions on every Xbox One game.
Before anyone says anything, yes, I know technically what you're buying is a license to play games even on current and previous consoles, but for practical use you still have full control over your game cartridges or game discs, and nothing short of the police coming to the house and taking my games away is going to stop me from doing as I please with my own product.